A little off topic from destroying Victorian English Country Houses, but this is a post I have been meaning to write, since not many people talk about online homeschool record keeping. Homeschool Portfolios via Trello We’ve been using Trello.com (free and web based) to keep track of our progress for official assessments. I still have to update October’s in the screen shot below…I left my phone at home while traveling has messed up my process a bit. We’re minimalist, so the thought of having tons of binders weighing us down for years to come was nauseating so I turned to what I know best: Kanban Boards (can you tell I’m a project manager?). Each year has a board (this is US Kindergarten/UK Reception) and each month […]

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It’s time to take the kids on a trip! If your idea of vacation pre-gaming is playing a game of tetris between the mound of gear spread out on your front lawn and the mini-van: you may be off to a bad start. This is Part 1 of a 4 part series on how to travel with families without getting bogged down by all the stuff you need to take with you.  In this article, let’s take a look at some general advice and how to lessen the amount of travel gear you take with you. My husband, three year old son and I have set off on a round-the-world adventure. We have years of traveling experience and have gotten things down to a science, […]

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Hey guys! Long time no see. I’ll save you the one long “what we’ve been up to” post and just spread it out amongst all the upcoming blog posts of good travel tips and tidbits I picked up to pass on. Let’s just say that 7 months, 6 states and five countries later I’m exhausted! Traveling with kids when jet lag is involved is hard to begin with, but add the stress of not speaking the local language fluently (or at all like when we stopped in Reykjavik, Iceland for a few days) and oi. It’s great if you and your family can pre-game by learning some of the language and a bit about the culture a few months in advance (and there are loads of […]

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It’s been quiet around here for a while. We’re on our third month of traveling and still going. Two months in a vacation rental near the beach in Florida, one week in Houston before taking the Autotrain North to Lancaster, PA (I’m infatuated with the Amish and have been dying to go, sadly it wasn’t what I thought), York, PA then over to Pittsburgh for a week. We’re getting ready to fly to Boston, MA on Tuesday then Reykjavik, Iceland for a few days before heading over to Manchester, England for a few weeks to catch our breath before jumping a plane to Dussledorf, Germany for some Christmas Market action. Did you get dizzy reading all of that? And now you know what I’m feeling. […]

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It’s been a while. Life here has been mad with our recent decision to move overseas. We’ve sold the house, liquidated everything we owned and created a large tome worth of paperwork in the form of a “Visa application”. So here I sit, in a vacation rental 20 feet from the beach awaiting the verdict of whether the UK will grant me a spousal visa with a bag of clothes and things to my name. It was hard to purge everything, mainly because I am having a hard time stopping. Just today I took two things out of my suitcase, like I need the room or something. Old habits die hard though I guess. Before I met my husband I had lived out of my […]

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My husband came through the door Friday… about 6 hours earlier than normal. He was white as a ghost, drenched in sweat and hunched over. He made a beeline for the bedroom. It was the first time in the three years that I’ve known him that he came home from work early. There was no way he was making it on the trip to Disney World this weekend. Usually I would just reschedule, but we were meeting one of my best friends from out of town and her family who I haven’t seen in years. There was no way I could cancel, and even if I could, my husband values a quiet house when he is sick, so laying in bed sick listening to me […]

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Living in Florida, I had the theme park day packing lists down to a science years ago and have been slowly whittling it away to its ultralight performance perfection since. Ultralight theme park packing lists make sense. Being bogged down by stuff makes you miserable, is really horrible for your back, plus you didn’t spend thousands of dollars on a vacation to constantly count bags, your attention can now be on fun! By going ultralight and keeping things inexpensive, the peace of mind not worrying about losing something valuable during the day is well worth forgoing a stash of gear that makes any self respecting mom on Pinterest green with envy. So instead of spending all day as a packmule under the weight of kids, backpacks and things, […]

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The Travel Stroller! Guys! Guys! It’s here! I’m so excited!!! Which I why I am posting this at 8am after my husband brought the box home this morning. Mark II baby! W00t! We are really in love with our Maclaren Volo, so when my husband started eyeing up the BMW Maclaren fate intervened…shining it’s glorious rays of pity on our wallet and we began seeing information on the Mark II. 2 pounds lighter and half the price, we looked everywhere for it before realizing it was yet to be released. So we pre-ordered that baby as soon as we could. Then a few weeks ago the site we pre-ordered from refunded our money and cancelled our pre-order!!! Sadness. A dismal melancholy that permeated the very […]

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Travel documents are a requirement  for United States citizens. Whether you need a Passport book or Passport card, the application process for both is pretty much the same. The major difference will be the cost. Do I need a Passport book or a Passport card? Passport cards can be used by American citizens for crossing into Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean or the Bahamas by land (where applicable, obviously) or sea…at least at the time of this writing. You know how Homeland Security changes things on a daily basis. As with any information you find on the web, double check that it is still correct via the first source, in this case United State’s Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs website addressing the differences between the […]

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So you followed the last two installments of Passport Photo Family Fun Options and How to Survive Taking Baby Passport Photos and you are ready to move on to the editing phase? I’ve made a tutorial for you of how to do it. It took me three minutes to edit O’s photo. You’ll need your photos, this template for US Passport Photos (right click> save as) and PicMonkey.com. 1. Download the Template The template found here is only for United States passports. Other countries have different requirements for their size and dimensions, so you will need to find a template that works with theirs. For instance, the United States requires photographs that are 51mm square, where as the UK and Canada requires photos to be 35mmx45mm. Actually most […]

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